Applied linguistics conference blog by Susan Sheehan

Susan Sheehan, of the British Council, will be attending the The British Association for Applied Linguistics' 45th annual meeting at the University of Southampton from the 6th - 8th of September. This year's focus is on "Multilingual Theory and Practice in Applied Linguistics" and brings together eight researchers united in their commitment to conducting research in collaboration with and for the benefit of a range of multilingual communities. Susan's blog over the next three days will give an insight into some of the ideas under discussion.


BAAL is Britain’s national organisation for scholars of Applied Linguistics, with over 800 members from universities across the UK. From the beginning, BAAL has taken a close interest in the development of educational policies on language within the UK educational system as well as providing an academic forum for ELT. True to its founders’ intentions, BAAL continues to bring together diverse constituencies concerned with ELT, with English as a mother tongue, with foreign language teaching, and with bilingualism/ multilingualism, from within the world of education, as well as diverse groups concerned with the study of “language in use” in non-educational settings. It provides an arena where those engaged in the theoretical and empirical study of language can interact with those whose interest is in the practical implications of such work. It also provides a continuing commentary on language policy matters, and represents the interests of applied linguistics research in a range of forums.

Susan Sheehan is a Learning and Teaching Consultant at the British Council and a joint author, with Brian North and Angeles Ortega Calvo, of the Core Inventory for General English.

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